BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — An aerial spray mission is scheduled to begin Monday night at 8:15 p.m. as the population of mosquitoes and the presence of West Nile virus in samples increases.

The spray mission will be over Lee Drive, Essen Lane and I-10, according to Mosquito Abatement & Rodent Control Assistant Director Randy Vaeth.

See below for a map of Monday’s spray mission:

Courtesy of Mosquito Abatement & Rodent Control

In June, the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) reported an uptick in West Nile virus found in mosquito pools this year. State health officials said the virus had been found in over 175 mosquito pools as of June 30 compared to only 13 pools testing positive last year.

LDH suggests the following ways to protect yourself from mosquito bites:

  • If you will be outside, you should wear EPA-registered approved mosquito repellent and always follow product label instructions. 
  • Apply repellent on exposed skin and clothing, but do not apply under your clothes or on broken skin. 
  • If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and insect repellent second. 
  • To protect yourself from being exposed to mosquitos while indoors, make sure that windows and doors are tight-fitting, and that all screens are free of holes.

For more on the West Nile virus or how to protect your home from mosquitoes, click here.